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click to enlarge Seared Gulf fish is served over collard greens with citrus and porcini cream at The Country Club.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Seared Gulf fish is served over collard greens with citrus and porcini cream at The Country Club.

CC's Community Coffee House
Citywide; www.ccscoffee.com
The selection of baked goods includes cookies, scones, muffins and more. The Mochasippi is a creamy frozen espresso drink topped with whipped cream. Tea lattes feature hot tea topped with steamed milk and froth. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $

Cafe Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar
Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com
The dinner menu's "bacon and eggs" features soft-poached hen's eggs in herbed hollandaise over thick cuts of slow-braised pork belly served with smoked-tomato jam and Parmesan stone-ground grits. She-crab grilled cheese includes Louisiana blue crab, cheese, crab fat, roe and aioli on brioche topped with a sunny side up egg and greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St., (504) 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com
Jumbo Gulf shrimp are served with grits and corn maque choux. Seared ahi tuna has a sesame soy-ginger glaze and is served with julienned local vegetables tossed in sweet-and-spicy sauce with noodles. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Aquarius
2101 Paris Road, Chalmette, (504) 510-3080
Caesar salad features grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, Parmesan and house-made focaccia croutons with Creole mustard Caesar dressing. It's also available in a wrap. The Izzy sandwich includes turkey, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, arugula, Roma tomatoes and honey-mustard aioli on whole wheat bread or in a tomato tortilla. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe at the Square
500 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-7831; www.cafeatthesquare.com
For brunch, chicken and waffles features hand-battered chicken tenders, waffles, two eggs and sausage gravy. Grilled redfish is topped with sauteed shrimp lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe B
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www.cafeb.com
Hanger steak comes with garlic fries, roasted Brussels sprouts and bearnaise. Miss Charlee's seafood gumbo is made with crawfish tails, lump crabmeat, fried oysters, Gulf shrimp, onions, peppers and tomatoes with brown rice and jalapeno cornbread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Beignet
311 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2611; 334B Royal St., (504) 524-5530; Jax Brewery, 600 Decatur St.; www.cafebeignet.com
A crawfish omelet is made with bell pepper, tomato and Swiss cheese and served with grits and French bread. The fried crawfish cake platter is served with french fries, fried okra and tartar and cocktail sauces. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Dauphine
5229 Dauphine St., (504) 309-6391; www.nolacafedauphine.com
Lizardi rolls are egg rolls filled with cabbage, crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish seasoned with Asian and Cajun spices and served with sweet chili sauce. Deep-fried bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635; www.cafedegas.com
Cornish hen is cooked with onions, bell peppers, squash, tomatoes and herbs and served over basmati pilaf with a Basquaise jus. Herbsde Provence- and Parmesan- breaded veal medallions are served with Meyer lemon-caper beurre blanc, basil pasta and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Du Monde
Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com
Cafe Du Monde serves signature cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar. There also are fountain drinks. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

Cafe East
4628 Rye St., Metairie, (504) 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com
General Tso's chicken is chopped chicken breast served with spicy sauce. Honey-walnut shrimp are tossed with bell peppers in ginger-honey-soy glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Equator
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-4772; www.cafeequator.com
The Adaman Hunter features fried tilapia over a spicy mix of shrimp, scallops and calamari, squash, bell peppers, green beans and sweet basil. Thai-style green coconut curry includes eggplant, peppers, bamboo shoots, basil and a choice of chicken, shrimp, beef or pork. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
307 Chartres St., (504) 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com
The Bourbon Street breakfast platter features banana and pecan pancakes with candied pecan bacon, melted butter, maple syrup and two fingers of bourbon. Oysters Benedict features biscuits topped with fried oysters, creamed spinach, onions, garlic, mushrooms, poached eggs and spicy hollandaise served with hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Gentilly
5339 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220; www.thecafegentilly.com
Louisiana crawfish, creamed spinach and Swiss cheese fill an omelet. Shrimp Creole tops eggs Benedict. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero's spaghetti and meatballs features two meatballs with marinara. Southern-style Voodoo shrimp are sauteed in sweet and spicy sauce and served with portobello mushrooms, fried green tomato and creamy corn grits. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Henri
800 Louisa St., (504) 302-2357; www.henri.cafe
Buttermilk fried chicken is served on brioche with spicy mayonnaise, bread-and-butter pickles and coleslaw. Gulf seafood stew is made with fish, shrimp, crawfish, clams, couscous and fennel and saffron broth. No reservations. Dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Luna
802 1/2 Nashville Ave., (504) 333-6833; www.facebook.com/cafeluna504
Eggs banh mi features poached eggs and five spice-pulled pork served with house-made bread, daikon slaw and cilantro pesto. Chicken confit and a sunny side up duck egg top brown butter corn waffles. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Lynn
2600 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com
Duck confit is served with Creole mustard cream sauce. Pan-seared redfish is topped with crabmeat, toasted almonds and brown butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur St., (504) 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
A muffuletta combines ham, pastrami, salami, melted Swiss cheese and olive salad on a French bun and is served with fries. The seafood plate includes Gulf shrimp, oysters, fish, calamari, fries and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; www.cafenoma.com
The turkey bacon panino features Boar's Head turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise and tarragon Dijon on ciabatta. Chipotle Caesar salad combines spicy Gulf shrimp, romaine lettuce, radishes, Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, chipotle Caesar dressing and cheddar cornbread croutons. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Navarre
800 Navarre Ave., (504) 483-8828; www.cafenavarre.com
The grilled chicken pesto panino is dressed with red onion, tomato, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and Caesar dressing on sourdough bread and served with chips or fries. Eggs Cochon features poached eggs, pulled pork and hollandaise on an English muffin and comes with potatoes or grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards.  $

Cafe Reconcile
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.org
Fried catfish comes with two sides such as garlic mashed potatoes and baked macaroni and cheese; crawfish sauce is an optional addition. There's bananas Foster bread pudding for dessert. Delivery available for large orders. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Roma
1507 Magazine St., (504) 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com
Garlic chicken pizza includes sauteed chicken strips, onions, roasted garlic, sliced tomatoes and garlic sauce. Baked lasagna is layered with cheeses and meat sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Rose Nicaud
632 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.com
A vegetarian scramble includes a choice of three toppings such as onions, red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, portobello mushroom or Kalamata olives. The Rose Benedict features sunny side up eggs, tomatoes, avocado, caramelized onions and Asiago cheese with organic rosemary cheese grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Sbisa
1011 Decatur St., (504) 522-5565; www.cafesbisanola.com
Trout Eugene is topped with Gulf shrimp, crawfish tails and crab fingers in Champagne cream sauce. Traditional courtbouillon features fish, shrimp, mussels and jumbo lump crabmeat in spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Caffe! Caffe!
3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, (504) 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com
Shrimp remoulade tops a salad, which also can be ordered as a wrap in a whole wheat tortilla. Grilled chicken tops a salad of avocado, tomato, onion, feta cheese, lettuce, red onion, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. The Clearview Parkway location serves dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Caffe Latte Da
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, (504) 818-0051
Sliced chicken breast, ham, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard are served warm on focaccia bread. Avocado salad comes with spring greens, red onions, sprouts, walnuts, blue cheese, orange slices and a choice of dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cajun Grill & Bar
2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, Metairie, (504) 831-0095
The New Orleans sampler plate includes gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp Creole, red beans and rice and bread. The super seafood platter features fried shrimp, oysters, fish, soft-shell crab, stuffed crab, fries and salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cake Cafe
2440 Chartres St., (504) 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com
A crab sandwich features crabmeat, melted brie, bacon and wilted spinach on house-made challah bread. Baked goods include chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Camellia Cafe
525 Highway 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.com
The eggplant Napoleon is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with creamy seafood sauce. Catfish Camellia is fried catfish topped with seafood sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Camellia Grill
626 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-2679
Thin-cut pork chops come with two sides. The turkey burger is dressed with tomatoes and mayonnaise on a bun. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal St., (504) 482-1225; www.canalstreetbistro.com
The chicken and waffle Benedict is a Belgian waffle topped with grilled chicken, griddled ham, poached eggs, hollandaise and green onions. A grilled vegetable Napoleon features balsamic-marinated grilled eggplant, tomato and red onion on a bed of organic greens and roasted red peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Canseco's Market
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., (504) 322-2594; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 218-7048; www.cansecos.com
Deli sandwiches include a pressed Cuban filled with marinated pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Ramen options include tonkotsu, miso and shoyu ramen. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Capdeville
520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com
Truffled macaroni and cheese is made with elbow pasta, garlic, shallots, pancetta, sage, English peas, heavy cream, Parmesan and truffle oil. The Capdeville burger is topped with sauce au poivre, fried onions, Swiss cheese, Bibb lettuce and roasted garlic aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards.  $$

The Caribbean Room
Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., (504) 323-1500; www.thecaribbeanroom.com
Wild boar and dumplings features roasted cured boar shoulder in smoked pork and tomato broth with rutabaga, parsnips, carrots and potato dumplings. Braised short rib and smoked mozzarella fill ravioli served with black kale, roasted tomatoes and pomodoro consomme. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Carousel Bar & Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotel- monteleone.com
Chilled Gulf shrimp and blue crab are served with guacamole and spicy tomato coulis. Baked stuffed Creole redfish has a crabmeat and green tomato crust and is served with angel hair pasta and Creole tomato jam. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Carrabba's Italian Grill
4641 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-2252: www.carrabbas.com
The menu includes pizza, pasta, steaks and seafood dishes. Chicken Bryan is topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and butter sauce. Lobster ravioli are topped with white wine cream sauce and diced tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Carreta's Grill
137 Taos St., Slidell, (985) 847-0020; 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4833; 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-6696; 70380 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-6674; www.carretasgrillrestaurant.com
El Primeron is grilled marinated pork served with potatoes and refried beans. The Julio Caesar wrap features grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or portobello mushrooms with romaine lettuce, Parmesan, croutons and Caesar dressing in a chipotle or spinach tortilla. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Carrollton Market
8132 Hampson St., (504) 252-9928; www.carrolltonmarket.com
Pan-roasted sea scallops are served with sweet potato puree, mustard frill and grapefruit beurre blanc. Oysters Goodenough are flash-fried oysters served with Benton's bacon, creamed leeks and bearnaise. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Casa Borrega
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654; www.casaborrega.com
Two large tostadas are topped with ceviche made with Gulf fish and shrimp, avocado and purple onion. A trio of enchiladas filled with chicken mole is topped with onion, sesame seeds, crema Mexicana and Cotija cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

Casa Garcia
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 464-0354; www.casa-garcia.com
The Mexican sampler includes mini flautas with guacamole, mini chimichangas with sour cream, a ground beef taco, a mini chalupa, a tamale with ancho chili sauce, rice and beans. Fried vanilla ice cream is topped with honey Kahlua sauce over an apple-cinnamon tortilla. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Casa Tequila
3229 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-5423; www.facebook.com/casatequilakenner
Carne asada features a 10-ounce rib-eye topped with grilled onions and bell peppers served with rice, refried beans, corn or flour tortillas and plantains or guacamole. Beef fajitas include grilled onions, bell peppers, carrots, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, lettuce and corn or flour tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cate Street Seafood Station
308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891, www.catestreet308.com
The Big Easy roll consists of shrimp tempura, snow crab, asparagus, salmon, avocado and cream cheese in soy paper served with spicy mayonnaise and eel sauce. Grilled sirloin tips are served with caramelized onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$.

Cavan
3607 Magazine St., (504) 509-7655; www.cavannola.com
Tomato toast is topped with goat cheese, thyme-roasted tomatoes, bacon marmalade and arugula. Shrimp are sauteed with beer, black pepper, Old Bay, rosemary, lemon and garlic and served in the skillet with grilled lemon and a house-made Hawaiian roll. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CellarDoor
916 Lafayette St., (504) 265-8392; www.cellardoornola.com
Seared sea scallops are served over Mexican street corn, jalapenos, cebollita salad, cilantro and Cotija cheese. Duck confit tacos feature satsuma, grilled kale slaw, Cotija cheese and corn tortillas. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cello's
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 456-5596; www.cellosrestaurant.com
The Sicilian burger features a patty made from a meatball recipe topped with mozzarella and red gravy on Leidenheimer bread. Slow-cooked brisket is served with macaroni and cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Central City BBQ
1201 S. Rampart St., (504) 558-4276; www.centralcitybbq.com
The barbecue sampler includes brisket burnt ends, sliced brisket, chicken, sausage, pulled pork, sweet onions, umami pickles and four side items. The Fat City sandwich features smoked brisket debris, Swiss cheese and horseradish creme. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Central Grocery
923 Decatur St., (504) 523-1620; www.centralgrocery.com
This Italian grocery is known for its muffulettas, available on whole or half loaves. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Chais Delachaise
7708 Maple St., (504) 510-4509; www.chaisdelachaise.com
Lamb sliders are dressed with harissa tahini and sumac-pickled onions on pastry buns and served with salad. Peel-and-eat shrimp are served with Creole spices and lemon. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Chap's Chicken Restaurant and Catering
203 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 371-5546; www.chapschicken.com
Fried chicken platters are available with two, three or four pieces and one side item such as macaroni and cheese, potato salad, fries, mashed potatoes, red beans, coleslaw or jambalaya. Chicken and waffles features three waffles topped with chicken tenders. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar
2200 Magazine St., (504) 644-4311; www.charcoalgourmetburgerbar.com
The venison burger is topped with Gorgonzola, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, tomato and mayonnaise on brioche. Appetizers include guacamole, boudin balls and fried pickles served with ranch dipping sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Charles Seafood
8311 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 405-5263; www.charlesseafood14.com
The fried catfish platter includes salad or coleslaw and a side item. Soft-shell crabs, boiled crawfish and raw or char-grilled oysters also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Charlie's Steak House
4510 Dryades St., (504) 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.com
A wedge salad is topped with blue cheese, and thin fried onion rings are an optional addition. A la carte steaks include 10-ounce filets, 14-ounce New York strips, 18- ounce rib-eyes and 32- ounce T-bones. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Chartres House
601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383; www.chartreshouse.com
A grilled Gulf fish fillet is served with crawfish stuffing, lemon butter, Cajun potatoes and vegetables. The Chartres House burger features a half-pound Angus beef patty, a Patton's hot sausage patty, provolone cheese and garlic mayonnaise on a jalapeno-cheddar bun and is served with fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland's
2001 St. Charles Ave., (504) 593-9955; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
Blackened shrimp fettuccine Alfredo is served in an herb-cheese pizza bowl and topped with shaved Parmesan. Crawfish tails in spicy cream sauce top ricotta-filled ravioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Cheezy Cajun
3325 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-0045; www.thecheezycajun.com
The Cheezy club includes turkey, roast beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise and comes with house-made chips. The boudin burger features a half-pound boudin patty topped with pimiento cheese on garlic Texas toast and is served with sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2022; www.gumbostop.com
Mumbo gumbo features chicken, shrimp, crabmeat and sausage, and fried shrimp or crawfish top some types of gumbo. The menu also includes fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, boudin balls, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cherry Espresso Bar
4877 Laurel St., (504) 875-3699; www.facebook.com/cherry.espresso.bar
The breakfast quinoa bowl is topped with a poached egg, vegetables, cilantro and avocado dressing, and chicken, bacon or sausage are optional additions. Curried chickpeas are made with raisins, onion, carrots and apple and served with greens on a sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch. Credit cards. $

Chez Pierre French Bakery and Cafe
2901 David Drive, Metairie, (504) 267-5839; 3208 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, (504) 467-3176; www.chezpierreneworleans.com
Shrimp spring rolls are served with peanut sauce. Mango avocado chicken salad is served over spring greens with onion vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Chiba
8312 Oak St., (504) 826-9119; www.chiba-nola.com
Oak Street bouillabaisse combines crawfish, mussels, shrimp, whitefish, salmon, mushrooms and bok choy in red miso shellfish broth. Ichimi pepper-crusted Gulf snapper is served with vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

China Orchid Restaurant
704 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com
Lightly battered and fried spicy fish is served with tofu, onions, carrots, corn and red bell pepper. Entrees include spicy Mongolian, Hunan- or Sichuan-style beef served with rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

China Rose
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 887-3295; www.chinaroseno.com
Jumbo Lucky Shrimp includes 12 jumbo shrimp cooked with scallions and ginger in house-made special sauce. Spicy shredded pork is served with garlic-pepper sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Chompers BBQ Den
69399 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205; www.chompersbbqden.com
Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausage and other meats are prepared with house-made sauces and served as sandwiches or on platters. Sides include baked beans, french fries, cheese grits and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Chophouse New Orleans
322 Magazine St., (504) 522-7902; www.chophousenola.com
The traditional steakhouse offers New York strips, bone-in rib-eyes, porterhouses, filets mignons, lobster tails and more. Baked shrimp are topped with garlic butter, Parmesan and bread crumbs. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Churros Cafe
3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, (504) 885-6516
The menu of Cuban dishes includes slow-roasted pork marinated in sour orange, garlic and herbs. Grilled sirloin steak is marinated in sour orange, garlic, onion and cilantro and topped with sauteed onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Ciro's Cote Sud Restaurant
7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com
L'Ollivier pizza is topped with mozzarella, goat cheese, Greek olives, pesto, persillade and onions. Steamed mussels are served with fries and a choice of mariniere, curry, Provencale or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

City Diner
3116 S. I-10 Service Road East, Metairie, (504) 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz
The Bottom of the Bowl is a bread bowl filled with crawfish, shrimp and crabmeat in Cajun cream sauce and topped with cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses and green onions. Oysters St. John features a bed of hash browns topped with fried oysters, eggs, bacon, andouille, sauteed spinach and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Clancy's
6100 Annunciation St., (504) 895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.com
Veal and ricotta meatballs are served with basil pesto and Parmesan broth. Sauteed gnocchi comes with crabmeat, wild mushrooms, fried Brussels sprouts and herb-vermouth cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cleo's Mediterranean Cuisine & Grocery
165 Roosevelt Way, (504) 522-4504; www.facebook.com/cleosnola
The menu includes falafel, shawarma, kebabs, lamb chops, stuffed grape leaves, Halloumi cheese and more. The falafel platter includes hummus, salad and pita bread. A combo plate features skewers of chicken and beef, plus hummus and rice. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com
The burger features a 7-ounce patty dressed to order; bacon or a fried egg are optional additions. The special club sandwich includes turkey, smoked ham, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise on three slices of toasted bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski serve updated Cajun dishes. Smoked pork ribs in house-made barbecue sauce are served with pickled watermelon rind relish. The Louisiana cochon is a pulled pork patty served with cabbage, pickled peaches and cracklings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski serve house-made Cajun and Italian cured meats and charcuterie. The Cochon muffuletta includes house-made mortadella, capicola, Genoa salami, provolone and giardiniera on a sesame seed bun. The Gambino features house-cured Italian meats, arugula, onions and herb vinaigrette on ciabatta. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com
The Buffalo shrimp wrap includes fried shrimp tossed in hot sauce, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing in an herb wheat wrap served with french fries. The Seiler Bar's menu, offered Wednesday through Saturday, includes blackened speckled trout topped with shrimp in barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon. and Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
A French dip sandwich features roast beef debris, Swiss cheese and horseradish mayonnaise served au jus. A Louisiana crab cake is served over a fried green tomato with remoulade. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave., (504) 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com
Braised pork belly cassoulet features Louisiana dirty rice with house-made andouille, grilled onions, bell peppers and celery, Meyer lemon and white bean puree, crispy prosciutto, sugarcane glaze and jalapeno cornbread gremolata. Tasting of Colorado lamb includes cast iron-blackened lamb belly, a lamb neck, sultana and pecan hand pie, lamb chorizo crepinette, boulangere potatoes, mint salad and lamb jus roti. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The Company Burger
611 O'Keefe Ave., Suite C7, (504) 309-9422; 4600 Freret St., (504) 267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com
The namesake Company Burger includes two beef patties, house-made bread-and-butter pickles, American cheese and red onions. The lamb burger is topped with feta, red onion, basil mayonnaise and chili-mint glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Compere Lapin
Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119; www.comperelapin.com
Conch croquettes are served with pickled pineapple tartar sauce. Curried goat features goat meat slow-roasted with ginger, chilies, garlic, garam masala and coconut milk and served with sweet potato gnocchi and toasted cashews. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Continental Provisions
French Market, 1100 N. Peters St., Stall 23, (504) 407-3437; www.cpnola.com
A choice of rosemary ham or Molinari salami comes with brie on a Bellegarde Bakery baguette. Hook's two-year aged white cheddar is served on pressed Bellegarde Bakery country bread, and optional additions include house-made pickles, prosciutto or chutney. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St., (504) 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
The menu includes sandwiches, pasta dishes, fried seafood and Creole favorites. Jambalaya features rabbit and smoked pork sausage, and the "supreme" version adds shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Fried chicken is spiced with Cajun seasonings and served with jambalaya and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The jalapeno burger is a half-pound Angus beef patty toppe
d with fried jalapeno rings, pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeno aioli and house-made hot sauce. The Radiator po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters, a house cheese blend and Crystal remoulade on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Copper Monkey Bar & Grill
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869; www.coppermonkeyrill.com
Ultimate loaded nachos are topped with ground beef, nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa, lettuce and sour cream. The Whitney special combines mashed potatoes, chicken strips, nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream and bacon. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Diners eat - lunch at Coquette in the Garden District. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Diners eat lunch at Coquette in the Garden District.

Coquette
2800 Magazine St., (504) 265-0421; www.coquettenola.com
Smoked catfish dip is made with broccoli, satsuma and black sesame. Poulet rouge is served with Swiss chard and smoked oyster aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Corner Cafe
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 454-1008
The seafood platter for two includes two cups of gumbo, crab balls, stuffed shrimp, baby soft-shell crabs, popcorn shrimp, fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried catfish, stuffed jalapeno poppers, onion rings, salad and hushpuppies. The seafood platter po-boy is filled with shrimp, catfish, oysters and crab balls and served with fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Corner Oyster House
500 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com
Blackened catfish Decatur is topped with crawfish reduction sauce and served with rice and vegetables. The Philly sandwich comes with chicken or steak, grilled onions, bell pepper and mozzarella cheese. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Coscino's Italian Grill
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinositaliangrill.com
Muffuletta pizza is topped with garlic-herb red sauce, Genoa salami, mortadella, ham, olive salad, provolone and mozzarella. A breaded and fried chicken breast is topped with house-made red sauce and mozzarella and served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
An 18-ounce Chateaubriand is served with pink peppercorn jus, sweet potatoes Anna, baby beets and bearnaise. Roasted Gulf fish is served with grilled leeks, collard greens, grapefruit, porcini cream and black garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Country Flame
620 Iberville St., (504) 522-1138; www.countryflamerestaurant.com
The menu includes Mexican and Cuban dishes. The Cuban sandwich features marinated pork, ham, pickles, cheese and mustard on French bread. Chicken, beef or pork fajitas are served with guacamole, tortillas, rice and beans. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Court Of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
Veal Oscar comes with baby white veal cutlets, new potato mash, jumbo lump crabmeat, tasso hollandaise and steamed asparagus. Crawfish Napoleon features crawfish tails in Creole cream reduction served with an andouille grit cake and fried green tomato. Reservations recommended. Brunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crabby Jack's
428 Jefferson Highway, (504) 833-2722; www.crabbyjacksnola.com
The slow-roasted duck po-boy is dressed with duck gravy and green apple coleslaw. Fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade fill a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

The Crazy Lobster
500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, (504) 569-3380; www.thecrazylobster.com
The Taste of New Orleans platter includes jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice. Blackened lobster is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
509 Canal St., (504) 323-2109; www.creolehouserestaurant.com
Canal Street redfish is a panko-crusted fillet topped with sauteed shrimp and Cajun garlic sauce and served with sauteed vegetables. Gulf shrimp Ya-Ya are sauteed with Cajun pesto and served with garlic toast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Crepe Place
941 Poland Ave., (504) 518-6875; www.facebook.com/thecrepeplacenola
The vegetable crepe is filled with spinach, tomatoes, pecan pesto, mozzarella and dill and chive sauce. The Banana Boat features bananas, peanut butter, pecans, shredded coconut, cinnamon and coconut cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Crepes a la Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.com
The Boss' Favorite crepe is filled with smoked Atlantic salmon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses and topped with a fried egg, mushrooms and red onions. The Gateaux crepe is made with butter, sugar and cinnamon and drizzled with caramel and Grand Marnier. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
Jumbo shrimp are stuffed with Louisiana crabmeat, jalapenos, green onions and breadcrumbs and served with asparagus and beurre blanc. Redfish St. Louis is a fillet topped with a soft-shell crab served with maque choux and Creole fried rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crescent City Pizza Works
407 Bourbon St., (504) 569-3664; www.facebook.com/pizzaworksnola
Chizzaburger combines Angus beef, onions, mozzarella, pickles, ketchup and mustard. The Spin N Shroom pie features spinach, marinated mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Crescent City Steakhouse
1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com
The traditional steakhouse serves T-bones, strip sirloins, rib-eyes and large porterhouse steaks for two or three people to share. Bread pudding includes raisins and peaches and is topped with brandy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Criollo
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 681-4444; www.criollonola.com
Sauteed red snapper is served with a crab cake topped with a fried quail egg and sweet tomato jam. Baked Gulf shrimp Bienville features stuffed Gulf shrimp with lump crabmeat, roasted red peppers, shallots and a tarragon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Croissant d'Or Patisserie
617 Ursulines Ave., (504) 524-4663; www.croissantdornola.com
Quiche is baked with ham, leeks and heavy cream. Tarte tatin features Fuji apple slices cooked with salted caramel butter in a buttery pastry. There also are croissants with almond or fruit fillings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine
4714 Freret St., (504) 345-2884; www.facebook.com/grupo5rest
Ceviche features seafood in leche de tigre marinade with toasted corn, yuca and sweet potatoes. Lomo saltado is beef stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, cilantro and soy sauce and served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$



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